The biggest change is a new curriculum for schools and funded non-maintained settings in Wales from September 2022. It will affect all schools except independent schools. The curriculum has been made in Wales but shaped from the best ideas and experts from around the world.
There will also be changes to improve how we assess children and young people in education, support children with additional learning needs and teacher and practitioner training and accountability. These improvements will complement the new curriculum.
The new curriculum will be taught in all schools and funded non-maintained settings up to Year 7 from September 2022. It will then roll out year by year until it includes Year 11 by 2026.
New pupil assessment arrangements will be introduced alongside the new curriculum. These will help learners and parents understand how they are performing and what they need to do next. The curriculum focuses on each child's complete learning journey, from 3 to 16. All assessment data will be gathered and stay with each child right the way through their school career from step 1 through to step 5. In Trealaw Primary we will be using the Taith 360 system that will provide accurate assessment data that will support a seamless continuity into Key Stage 3.
The Principles of Progression - A successful curriculum supported by effective teaching and learning will enable learners to make meaningful progress.
The four purposes of the curriculum are the shared vision and aspiration for every child and young person. They guide and direct everything we do at Trealaw Primary School. In supporting the development of the four purposes, we set high expectations for all – to raise standards, tackle the attainment gap, and ensures our curriculum supports lifelong learning.
The four purposes are at the heart of our new curriculum. They are the starting point for all decisions on the content and experiences developed as part of the curriculum to support our children and young people to become:
Ambitious, capable learners ready to learn throughout their lives
Enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work
Ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world
Healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.
The new curriculum will include:
6 Areas of Learning and Experience from 3 to 16
3 Cross curriculum responsibilities: literacy, numeracy and digital competence
Progression reference points at ages 5, 8, 11, 14 and 16
Achievement outcomes which describe expected achievements at each progression reference point.
The curriculum is organised into 6 Areas of Learning and Experience and within these there are 27 statements of 'What Matters'. At Trealaw Primary School we have built our curriculum design around these statements.
Health and well-being
Humanities (including RE which should remain compulsory to age 16)
Languages, literacy and communication (including Welsh, which should remain compulsory to age 16, and modern foreign languages)
Mathematics and numeracy
Science and technology (including computer science)
The cross-curricular skills of literacy, numeracy and digital competence are mandatory aspects of the new curriculum.
At Trealaw Primary School throughout all teaching and learning we will also teach and develop our pupils with Welsh language skills to support the Welsh Government's target of 1 million Welsh Speakers by 2050.
We follow the National Curriculum for Wales and implement teaching the National programme of study for Literacy and Numeracy skills across the curriculum. Currently we are integrating the new Digital Competency Framework into all areas of teaching. The 'Cornerstones' Curriculum is used to teach Foundation subjects and coverage of literacy and numeracy skills is monitored through 'Building Blocks'. The 'Rising Stars' ICT scheme of work is delivered in units where appropriate through the curriculum. Each day your child is taught the following
8.50 - 9.00 am
9:00 - 12:00 pm Activities to promote LLC, MD and PSD
Foundation phase Reception - Year 2
9:00 - 9:20 am Activities/interventions
9:20 - 10:20 am Literacy
10:25 - 10:40 am Assembly
11.00 - 12.05 pm Numeracy
12.05 - 1.15 pm Lunch
1.15 - 3.15 pm Foundation subjects taught through topics
Key Stage 2 Year 3 - Year 6
9:00 - 9:20 am Activities/Interventions
9.20 - 10.20 am Literacy
10.25 - 10.40 am Assembly
11.00 - 12.05 pm Numeracy
12.05 - 1.00 pm Lunch
1.00 - 1.20 pm Reading carousel
1.20 - 3.15 pm Foundation subjects taught through topics
Science, PE and Welsh second language are taught discretely please see staff timetables